Hallandale DB Jaylin Marshall commits to Arizona State

Adam Lichtenstein, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Hallandale 2022 defensive back Jaylin Marshall wants to leave the state of Florida for college, and he’s headed to the other side of the country.

Marshall committed to Arizona State on Wednesday afternoon, announcing his decision on his Twitter account.

“I was just seeing it as a good opportunity because I’ve got to grow up and man up,” Marshall said. “So no matter where I’m at, I’m going to perform to my fullest.”

Arizona State is not a program South Florida standouts often consider. No Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade county player has signed with Arizona State since at least 2001, according to 247Sports’ database, which has the Sun Devils’ complete signing classes going back to 2002.

Marshall picked the Sun Devils over a variety of other college programs because he felt the environment and climate were similar to South Florida.

“I like the culture of it,” Marshall said. “I just like the climate over there, and I feel like it’s kind of just like how the Florida climate is over here.”

Marshall has also developed a close relationship with members of the Arizona State coaching staff, including head coach Herm Edwards.

“Me and (defensive backs) coach Chris Hawkins, we’ve got a great bond,” Marshall said. “He’s a very young coach who I feel I can relate to. And also they were on my trail the hardest, so I see that’s a great opportunity. What they were bringing to the table, it hit all the green dots for me.”

Marshall said he planned to visit Arizona State this weekend, but the trip was canceled.

“Sooner than later, I’m going to be taking my own personal little visit to check out the state and what’s around,” Marshall said.

Marshall is rated a four-star prospect in 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is listed as the No. 19 safety and No. 325 overall player. He chose Arizona State over offers from Alabama, Florida, Miami, Michigan and more. He had 25 tackles, four sacks and 10 pass breakups last season.

Marshall is part of a deep, talented Hallandale secondary that also features four-star safety Alfonzo Allen three-star safety Anthony Rose and three-star safety Edric Weldon, among others. Those three players are all uncommitted.

Marshall said the Hallandale secondary playing together at the college level remains a possibility.

“I’m going to be trying to recruit my guys, too,” Marshall said. “Just being on the field with them, we have a great bond. I know when they’re on the field, I know they’ve got my back and I know I’ve got their back.”